Alignment control of self-assembled organosiloxane films derived from alkyloligosiloxane amphiphiles

Jenny Du, Madoka Fukushima, Shigeru Sakamoto, Mikako Sakurai, Takashi Suzuki, Atsushi Shimojima, Hirokatsu Miyata, Cathleen M. Crudden, Kazuyuki Kuroda*

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Transparent and continuous organosiloxane films with macroscopically oriented mesostructures were prepared by dip-coating a substrate, on which a rubbing-treated polyimide film is formed, with hydrolyzed solutions of oligosiloxane precursors (CnH2n+1Si(OSi(OMe) 3)3). The structure of the films depends on the alkyl chain length of the precursors such that films with two-dimensional (2D) hexagonal and lamellar structures are obtained when n=10 and 16, respectively. In the 2D hexagonal film, the cylindrical organic moieties are aligned perpendicular to the rubbing direction in the plane of the film over the whole film thickness. On the other hand, the lamellar film changes its orientation with increased distance from the substrate surface. While the orientation of the lamellae at the surface of the film is parallel to the film-air interface, they are perpendicularly aligned in the vicinity of the substrate with the layer normal parallel to the rubbing direction. The observed unique orientation of the mesostructures is attributed to the anisotropic hydrophobic interactions between the alkyl chains of the hydrolyzed oligosiloxane molecules and the polymer chains of the polyimide layer oriented by the rubbing treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13614-13618
Number of pages5
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


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